It’s Snowing so Break Out the Spiced Rum!

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It’s snowing in Manchester! I’m not sure why my foot prints look like a big duck has been in my backyard lol

I’ve been warming my self up in the evening with a ‘Special Coffee’ comprising of coffee, hazelnut milk and spiced rum. My faves are Tesco’s Spiced Gold, Sailor Jerry’s and Dead Mans Fingers.

Bones is chuffed with his early Xmas present of Dead Man’s Fingers spiced rum. He says it’s very apt.

✨⛄️✨Chrissie✨⛄️✨

Creepy Cute Nail Decals by Clawed By Grace

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These wickedly wonderful nail decals are from ClawedbyGrace. I thought I better share these quickly so that you can order them yourself before Halloween, although I’ll be using these all year round.

These are basically just transfers that you cut out, place on your nails, dab water onto the back of them and then slide the back off, just like the old fake tattoos. It’s always a good idea to glide a top coat over to make them last.

Right, I’m off to have a look at which colours of polish I have…

✨💀✨Chrissie✨💀✨

The Diary by Sinclair Smith – Point Horror

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Who remembers 90’s Point Horror series?

One of my fave series as a teen as they were short enough to hold my shockingly short attention span.

‘Delia can’t stop reading the old diary which mysteriously appears in her locker one day. Little by little, she starts to become more like the girl whose words she reads – even having her memories and seeing the world through her eyes. A dead girl’s eyes. Soon Delia is convinced that she was the girl who wrote the diary – in a past life.’ – Goodreads

But the terror is about to come alive once more. For the girl who wrote the diary was murdered.

The Diary by Sinclair Smith has a mild fantasy-horror vibe. It’s fairly predictable but in an enjoyable way and has a few good twists near the end, which I didn’t see coming.

✨👻✨Chrissie✨👻✨

My Go-to Creepy and Cozy Books for Autumn and Winter

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The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Intensity by Dean Koontz

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (not shown)

Freeze Tag by Caroline B. Cooney (not shown)

Have you read any of these? What are your favourites?

✨👻✨Chrissie✨👻✨

My Go-to Creepy and Cozy Books for Autumn and Winter

Hello lovely people! 👻

The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Intensity by Dean Koontz

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (not shown)

Freeze Tag by Caroline B. Cooney (not shown)

Have you read any of these? What are your favourites?

✨👻✨Chrissie✨👻✨

December in Photo’s

Christmas fleece – Cotton Traders

Joggers – Hunkermoller

Ugg/Emu style boots – Dorothy Perkins

Making the most of the dark afternoons by making the living room feel all cozy.

Lots of natural skincare and lifestyle goodies in this Freedm Street advent calendar (items available to buy individually from heir online shop).

Making ‘special coffees’ by adding Baileys or Sailor Jerries Spiced Rum and throwing in pieces of salted caramel or hazelnut caramel choccy.

Jumper – Shein

Joggers – Cotton Traders

Bizarrely, for someone who has disabling arachnophobia when I see one, this was one of my favourite books as a child. It’s magical and a little creepy!

Little reindeer I found at the back of a cupboard!

Sparkly chocolate vegan brownie from Zad’s takeaway.

Dad decorated the whole downstairs in under 15 minutes. Secret festive ninja!

I’ve been watching His Dark Materials on BBC iPlayer and I am so impressed with this adaptation. Especially my favourite bad-ass actress, Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter.

I’ve developed quite a obsession with cute cartoon penguins so I was really happy to get this card from my Dad ^_^

Tee – Next

Christmas fleece – Cotton Traders

Joggers – Cotton Traders

At the Blokes flat we have our 22inch Christmas tree. I swear, after Christmas this is being packed away exactly as it is now – it was so fiddly to decorate!

Like most people in he UK we don’t have candy canes but we do have gelatine-free sweets!

This wonderful wreath gives me serious Narnia vibes. Unfortunately where we live, neither of us can put wreathes on our front door as they would get nicked and given to someone’s Mam or Missus.

MOOEY CHRISTMAS YOU LOVELY LOT

🎄✨Chrissie✨🎄

Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman – Book Review

Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman

I like that most short stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. The pacing of the plot, the scene setting, the detail in descriptions of a journey as well as character development should all be comparative to the size of the novel.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in this short story. When the action does get moving it is gripping but it feels like there could have been so much more squeezed into the pages.

The book even finishes before it explains who one of the main characters are and what they are doing that’s supposedly so important. The whole plot (it turns out) revolves around them though! Lyras Oxford reads like exciting excerpts from a much bigger novel, rather than a self contained short story

The book contains a map of Lyras Oxford, although not really necessary I did think this was a cute addition. It also contains a short explorers guide.

Overall I found Lyras Oxford to be an informative glimpse into Lyras new life. As expected it was imaginative and compelling in places. Frustratingly, it felt rush toward the end and needed more plot and character development overall.

📚✨Chrissie✨📚